Rescue chopper show
During the first Medics Make Music variety fundraiser for the rescue helicopter at the Regent on Broadway in 2014, the chopper had to answer an emergency callout.
Underlying the vital service the aircraft provides, the crew answered the injury call and still made it back to the theatre for the finale.
That history-making concert raised $39,000. History-making because it was the first time a group of professional medical practitioners had ever got together in support of a cause like this.
Concert organiser Dr Raffat Shameem says that her colleagues know exactly the difference the rescue chopper makes.
Musical director of the 2014 performance, practice nurse Mary Belski returns in the role, and the accomplished soloist with her ATCL from Trinity College, London, will also perform two numbers.
Fresh from a role in quilt, soloist Douglas Ransom joins vocalists Mike Whitten, Mavis Fisher, Katrina Brougham and Raffat, along with pianists, Ben Booker and Nathan Soong; accompanist Chris Dann; harpist, vocalist and co-musical director, Lesley Van Essen and the Dean McKerras Dancers in a programme that includes numbers from musical theatre, popular songs and opera.
Medics Make Music 2, directed by Dean McKerras and co-produced by Raffat Shameem and Tim Love, the Regent on Broadway this Saturday, March 5 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets: adults $35, children under 15 $20, 10 plus $32 are from TicketDirect.co.nz or ring 0800 224 224.
The new twin-engined Palmerston North Rescue helicopter on another lifesaving mission. The chopper is the focus of two performances of variety show Medics Make Music 2 in the Regent on Broadway this Saturday.